Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

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The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.


Landon sophomore Lopez achieves milestone as Bears’ first-ever state champ

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Wrestling clip artLorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2 over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become Landon's first state champion at the Feb. 16 and 17 Maryland Independent Schools Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

Lopez reached the finals on a pin, a technical fall, a 9-1 quarterfinal decision over Interstate Athletic Conference rival and champion Isaac Ruderman of Bullis, and a 5-3 semifinal victory over fifth place finisher Alex Figuieras of St. Mary’s Ryken, improving his overall record to 41-4 on the season.

The triumph was particularly rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to last season, when an illness prevented him from competing at the IAC and state tournaments.

“I felt great to win because I had high hopes last year of being a finalist in those tournaments, and not being able to wrestle was disappointing,” said Lopez, 16.


Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

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Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”


Bullis boys victorious on Senior Night against Landon, 61-50

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Bullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.

Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.

“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”

Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.

“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.


Landon wins IACs, Damascus eyes another state duals crown

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Wrestling clip artLandon crowned Axel Giron (120), Lorenzo Lopez (126), Patrick Kielb (132), Jonny Gherman (152), Brendon Gallagher (160), Jelani Machen (170) and Carter Johnson (182), with Luc Schermer (138) and Terrance Bridgers (285) finishing second as the Bears won their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament crown in the 23-year coaching history of Andy Katz.

Finishing third were Patrick Townsend (113) and Joel Desroches (220), and Nick Haller (195), fourth as the Bears placed 12 of 13 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes for the program’s first outright title since 1994, adding the tournament to their regular-season dual meet championship earned with a school-record mark of 16-5 overall and 6-0 in the IAC.

The Bears (195.5 points) overcame runner-up St. Albans (127) to dethrone third place 13-time IAC champion Georgetown Prep (122), their dual meet victory total being the highest since the 15-win season of 2005 to 2006, the last time the Bears won a piece of the crown.

“For the first time this season, we were able to present our strongest line-up,” said Katz. “Everyone made weight and our injured wrestlers were cleared to go for the championship. It was an amazing day. This was a team effort across the board.”


Lawrence three-peats at War On The Shore with trio of first-period pins, decision

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At the War On The Shore Tournament at Stephen Decatur High in Berlin in Worcester County on Jan. 12 and 13, Damascus’ state champion Ryan Lawrence (145) won his semifinal 3-1, over Virginia’s sixth-place state finisher Elijah Williams of Nansemond River High, then secured his third-straight crown by head-locking two-time Delaware state runner-up Kyle McDonough of Sanford High for a 64-second fall.

A two-time county and regional champion who managed a third-place finish at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (28-0) led the Swarmin’ Hornets (224.5 points) to a runner-up finish behind Baltimore area power Mount St. Joseph (269) on the strength of three falls in a combined 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

State champion Paul Purkey (195) and two-time third-place state finisher Johnny McLaughlin (126) were runners-up for the second straight season, and John Allan Furgeson (152) was third after being fourth a year ago among seven Swarmin’ Hornets finishing within the top four of their weight classes and 11 within the top eight.

The Swarmin’ Hornets’ Elijah Baisden (285) was third, Josh Creegan (138) and Ben Lokos (170), fourth, Timothy Furgeson (160), fifth, Aiden Bell (220), sixth, and Michael Emerick (106) and Dyllan Ramirez (132), seventh and eighth.

“Ryan did a fantastic job in the finals as he has each year in this tournament,” said coach John Furgeson, whose Swarmin’ Hornets (15-0) have won six straight state tournaments, five consecutive state dual meet titles, 15 county tournaments and 142 straight matches. “It was a tough tournament, that’s why we go there and how we’re going to get better. We learned a lot about our young kids and what we need to work on.”


Swarmin’ Hornets have nine, Landon, six state-ranked wrestlers to start the season

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MSWA 400x400Top-rated state champion senior Ryan Lawrence (152) is among nine Damascus wrestlers ranked by coordinator Billy Buckheit of the Maryland State Wrestling Association to commence the 2017-2018 season.

Ranked at No. 2 is University of Maryland-bound state champion senior Paul Purkey (195) for the Swarmin’ Hornets, winners of six straight Class 4-3A state tournaments, five consecutive 4A-3A state dual meet titles, and both 139 matches and 15 county tournaments in a row.

Landon leads the private schools with six wrestlers rated among the top 20 in their divisions in No. 4 sophomore Lorenzo Lopez (126), No. 5 senior Brendon Gallagher (152), No. 7 junior Axel Giron (120), No. 10 junior Jelani Machen (170), No. 16 senior Terrance Bridgers (285) and No. 17 senior Carter Johnson (220).

For the Swarmin’ Hornets, Lawrence is a two-time county and regional champion who was third at states as a sophomore, and Purkey, a county and regional champ who earned a private schools state title as a Good Counsel sophomore.


Landon wrestler edges friend and Magruder wrestling foe, ties series at 3-3

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Cramma vs. Giron at Mad Mats TournamentMagruder's C.J. Cramma faces off once more against friend and wrestling rival Landon's Axel Giron, who was the victor in the match at the Mad Mats Tournament at Magruder High School. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  DERWOOD — As C.J. Cramma pursues this year’s 120-pound 4A-3A state title after having placed third at states last season, Landon junior Axel Giron will be among the Magruder senior’s greatest supporters.

That’s due, in part, to Giron scoring a double-leg takedown of Cramma in the final seconds to secure a 5-4 victory in Saturday’s finals of Mad Mats Tournament at Magruder, a feat which evened his series mark to three wins each against Cramma, whom he won't have to wrestle for the remainder of their high school season.

“Second period, I got the first point for a 1-0 lead, then it was 2-1 after he took me down. I escaped to make it 2-2,” said Giron, a triple-overtime winner of their summer meeting at a Landon wrestling camp.


Landon Bears hang on for double overtime win over Episcopal, 27-26

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Episcopal Maroon vs. Landon BearsBETHESDA – The visiting Episcopal Maroon fell to the home team Landon Bears in a heartbreaking last-second loss in double overtime Saturday at William H. Triplett Field, 27-26.

Even though Episcopal trailed for most of the afternoon, junior kicker Paul Pivirotto’s successful 20-yard field goal tied the game with just over a minute left to play.

Episcopal overcame a 14-point first half deficit and kept the Bears from sailing to an easy victory on homecoming day. Landon alumni were on hand to watch their team come out swinging from the very first whistle. The Bears dominated the time of possession in the first half and capped off their first possession with a nine-yard touchdown by wide receiver Jelani Machen.


Late touchdown pushes Landon past G. Prep and back into IAC race

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Landon vs. G. Prep FB 10 21 17 Thomas BaldwinThomas Baldwin (6) scores a touchdown in the final seconds, winning the game for the Landon Bears over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — In a crucial matchup between Interstate Athletic Conference football teams, the Landon Bears topped the visiting Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas at home on Saturday afternoon 10-3.

Landon had just suffered a loss to Bullis in which the Bears did not score an offensive touchdown. For Landon to stay in the race for IAC title contention, the game against the Little Hoyas was a must-win.

However, the first break of the game went in favor of Georgetown Prep, as Landon would fumble early in its opening drive.

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